Tonight we host the opening reception for an exhibit featuring the works of North Shore Arts Alliance (NSAA) member artists. The reception is from 5 – 9 where you may enjoy complimentary food, wine and beer samples while experiencing the art. Artists will also be present to discuss their works with you in our inviting space.
In addition to our typical opening reception, we are partnering with NSAA to assist them in fundraising and a portion of the evening’s beer and wine sales goes to the NSAA. There is also local art for sale with a silent auction as well as a live auction starting at 6:30, with auctioneer Steve Keefe.
The exhibit will run for several weeks if you miss tonight. Also, we asked Susan Forrester MacKay of the NSAA a few questions to help us dig deeper into what the NSAA is all about.
Susan tells us the North Shore Arts Alliance got started in 2006 when 4 artists met to discuss the lack of an “arts” presence in Northern Chautauqua County. At that time the Chautauqua County Arts Council was viable (it has since dissolved) and had more of an emphasis on the Jamestown area. The foursome wanted to offer the North county more opportunities and reached out from Silver Creek to Ripley and south to Mayville.
Many ideas were kicked around and are still a possibility (like an arts incubator) while two key ideas were realized – the Studio Art Trail and the North Shore Arts Alliance (NSAA). The NSAA is a non-profit with a 501 c 3 designation. Now any artist may be a member as long as they display art regionally, within the boundaries set for the juried “Art Trail” – allowing a reasonable weekend of travel for art lovers.
When asked why Sensory Winery & Art Gallery was chosen to host one of their shows, Susan answered thoughtfully and with high praise.
Sensory was brought to us as a venue by one of our early Board members. We quickly recognized the vision of Kevin Daughrity and the marvelous opportunity to pair with wine (which we enjoyed anyway). The space was perfect and working with the staff a real collaboration. We immediately made it one of our best go-to places. It has been very successful for the artists.
Check back to this blog post in the next week or so for more in-depth information from Susan in response to our questions about the North Shore Arts Alliance.